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Saturday, June 16, 2007 

Gilroy...Garlic Capital of the World

True or false?

· Gilroy, Calif. is the “Garlic Capital of the World?”

· California produces 99 percent of U.S. garlic?

· Garlic is grown in Gilroy?

Answers: true, true, and false (almost).

“There is one garlic grower left in Gilroy — he has probably 30 acres in the corner of a vegetable field,” says (Bill) Christopher (of Christopher Ranch).

...China went from a measly 50,000 pounds of garlic a decade ago to 2 million to 3 million pounds last year, and for the first time more fresh garlic was imported into the U.S. than was produced in California.- Western Farm Press
Next time you are out shopping, ask yourselves....forget the price tag on the bins...how much is that garlic REALLY costing us?

And if you are in California July 27 - 29, stop on by for the Garlic Festival!

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A garlic festival?? Sounds like my kind of event!

When you buy garlic, look for garlic that has roots attached. Chinese garlic has the roots cut off. US garlic is sold with the roots attached. Buy the kind with the roots attached. It's better garlic and you'll be supporting American farmers.

I used to live in Sunnyvale, about 30 miles away from Gilroy, I could smell the festival from my front yard. It was wonderful.

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